2021 Honda Range Review

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Honda has come through with one of the biggest model announcements of 2021 by introducing an all-new CRF450R, which was accompanied by the release of the CRF250R and CRF450RL.

2021 Honda CRF450R: 
When Team HRC's Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans (our very own MXstore ambassador!) rolled out on prototype CRF450RWs at the beginning of the MXGP season, we all anticipated a new model to be introduced for 2021 - and it's finally here! 

When we say the 2021 CRF450R dirt bike is all-new, we mean there's not much of the new bike that resembles the old bike - Honda has gone above and beyond in overhauling its premier class contender for this new generation platform. 

The updated motocross model comes with brand-new bodywork, and Honda has really outdone themselves with a really aggressive design. Plus, they've reverted to a single exhaust system design after becoming renowned for their dual exhaust systems.

The new bodywork has been designed to reduce weight and ultimately slim down the bike - the new Honda is 1.3kg lighter than the 2020 model, which is a nice shaving riders will appreciate. The slimmed-down body comes at the rear end, where Honda was able to reduce the width of the bike at side number plates by a total of 70mm, while a new header pipe design means it stays within the perimeter of the bike, rather than extruding it. 

Another cool factor on the new bodywork is that it's secured to the bike by just eight bolts on each side, rather than 12 as seen on the previous generation bike. 

The engine has also undergone some work for 2021 with an all-new cylinder head to improve bottom to midrange power. There are a number of internal changes on the new cylinder head, however the main difference is that the engine exhaust port has been centralised, ovalised and straightened, providing improved exhaust efficiency and revised torque characteristics for a smoother delivery that continues into the high rpm range.

To complement the engine and exhaust updates, Honda has also redesigned the air intake and air boot. The new air boot is dramatically larger for greater torque in the low rev range, plus the airbox can now be accessed by removing a single side-panel bolt - which is going to make cleaning the airbox and replacing air filters so much easier!

Some of the biggest changes on the 2021 Honda CRF450R involve the chassis and suspension package. The frame's geometry has completely changed for 2021 to fit within Honda's theme of 'Razor Sharp Cornering', while the subframe has been modified for a weight reduction and the swingarm has been updated to suit the frame changes, as well providing more traction at the rear wheel. 

The Showa spring fork also has undergone an update with the stroke being extended by 5mm, while the fork lugs and triple clamps have also been redesigned. The Showa shock has had its dial switched to left side along with a lightweight steel spring. The suspension settings have also been updated to accommodate the chassis.

The finishing touches to the new-look Honda are a hydraulic clutch and newly-designed cockpit with rerouted throttle cable and new mapping and traction control switches. The Engine Mode Select Button and Honda Selectable Torque Control also offer three modes each.

The 2021 Honda CRF450R is now available for pre-order, with the first shipment due for delivery this September.

2021 Honda CRF250R:
​The bike that was piloted by Geico Honda's Chase Sexton on his way to the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East title, the CRF250R remains unchanged for 2021. 

2021 Honda CRF450L:
The Honda CRF450L is also unchanged for the year model 2021. 

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Hey Guys Is Australia going to see the 450RWE works edition ?

Adam on 16 September 2020
Hi Adam, Thank you for reaching out! I have spoken to one of our local Honda Dealers and unfortunatley, it doesn't look like the 450RWE will be getting relased in Australia! If you did have your heart set on the Works Edition, you may need to look at doing a special order overseas with Honda directly! We will, however, be getting the standard version here in Australia but only a limited amount, so it is reccomended that you place a pre-order to ensure that you don't miss out! I am not sure if you are local to us here on the Gold Coast but I have spoken to a Sales Team Memeber called Jesus at Team Moto Nerang and he is more than happy for you to give him a call and you can have a chat about the new CRF and if you would like to pre order the standard model (07) 5554 2363. If you aren't local to the Gold Coast, I would reccomend getting in touch with your local Honda Dealer! :) I hope this helps but if you did have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! Have a good one leged!
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When will it be available

Hi when will these be available in Australia?

Jesse larkin on 13 August 2020
Hi There!! Thank you so much for reaching out! The new Honda CRF450R's 2021 models are offically now on pre-order with Honda! They will be available in Australia from September 2020, however, the stock that hits the floor will be very limited. If you want to make sure that you don't miss out, we would suggest reaching out to your local Honda dealer and jumping onto that pre order list! :) I hope this helps! Have a good one legend :)
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